Mango Tarte Tatin

August 31, 2012 (Last Updated: July 1, 2020)
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closeup side view of a mango tart on puff pastry

This is a tropical twist on a classic French tarte tatin. Instead of apples, mangoes form the caramelized layer in this sweet and flaky dessert that is a lot easier to make than it looks. A few ripe mangos, some butter, sugar, and puff pastry are all you will need to a) impress guests when you’re short on time and/or b) take a mental and gastronomical vacation to your favorite Caribbean island.

a metal pan topped with a round of puff pastry with a hole in the center

This is seriously a great go-to recipe to keep in mind when mangoes are fresh and you’re in the mood for some easy decadence. Using store-bought puff pastry is a very convenient short cut which yields extraordinary results.

overhead view of a caramelized mango tart on a white surface
overhead view of a caramelized mango tart on a white surface

Mango Tarte Tatin

A tropical twist on a classic French tarte tatin. This variation swaps out the typical apples for tart mango.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Caribbean, French
Servings 6 servings
Calories 397 kcal


  • 2 to 3 ripe mangoes peeled and sliced
  • 2 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 5 ounces (about 2/3 cup) granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces (1 sheet) puff pastry defrosted
  • Flour for rolling out


  • If the mango is extra juicy, place the slices in a colander to drain for 30 minutes.
  • Adjust the oven rack to the center and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Melt the butter in an 8-inch oven-safe frying pan (with a steel handle). Add the sugar and allow it to melt slowly, without stirring, over medium heat. Tip the pan frequently to help the sugar to melt.
  • When the sugar is golden, add the mango slices and turn up the heat. The mangoes will release their liquid. Cook the mixture for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently (but gently to avoid breaking up the mangoes, but making sure they are evenly glazed), until the liquid has thickened to a caramel consistency. Remove from the heat.
  • Meanwhile, roll out the puff pastry large enough to more than cover the mango (a standard store-bought sheet of puff pastry should be large enough as is, and can simply be trimmed at the corners to make it round). Pack down the mango and then cover with the pastry, pushing down the sides. Cut a small hole in the center of the pastry.
  • Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes or until the puff pastry is puffed and golden brown. Remove from the oven (caution: the handle will be extremely hot; this is easy to forget once it’s out of the oven. Leave a kitchen towel over the handle to remind yourself until it cools), rest for a couple minutes, and then invert onto a plate and serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Notes & Nutrition

Adapted from Eat Caribbean
Servings 6.0 * calories 397 * Total Fat 17 g * Saturated Fat 8 g * Monounsaturated Fat 2 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 20 mg * Sodium 96 mg * Potassium 286 mg * Total Carbohydrate 61 g * Dietary Fiber 4 g * Sugars 45 g * Protein 3 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*
a sliced mango tart on a white surface

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